It is with great regret and sadness that we report the death of Michael Four, a close ally of our movement and a labor law attorney with the firm Schwartz Steinsapir.

Michael spent 37 years fighting tirelessly for the rights of working people, collaborating with our union and others to advance and expand the interests of workers and employees across the country.

He contributed to numerous victories throughout the years, helping hundreds of employees find justice in arbitrations, holding corporate management accountable, and handling large, sweeping projects for our union. He helped win a landmark judgment against Ralphs Grocery that resulted in millions of dollars paid to employees unfairly treated during the 2003-4 lockout and strike.

Although a formidable and steadfast advocate for our families, Michael was best known for his kindness, compassion, and devotion to his family, qualities acknowledged by all who knew him – including those on the other side of the bargaining table.

He is survived by his mother, brother, wife, and two sons.

His insight, optimistic and positive attitude, and commitment to the fight will be missed. While we mourn Michael today, we are sure he would echo the famous quote from Mother Jones: “Pray for the dead, but fight like hell for the living!”

Thank you, Michael. May your name be a blessing.

Condolences for the family and firm can be sent to Margo Feinberg at where they will be compiled into a memory book for the family.